Tuesday, December 20, 2016
2016 is winding down, and 2017 almost here, I wish to thank all of the trail runners who have come out and made this such an incredible group to be part of.
What started out as just a small splinter group looking to train during the summer heat for the fall marathon season on cooler wooded trails, has transformed into a very diverse group of incredible people. Even those who have moved away, make a point of dropping in on a trail run when they come back to visit family and friends.
And it is always a pleasure to hear a new trail runner to our Soiled Sport group comment that they never knew that these trails were even here in London.
With so many of you sharing your trail race experiences through out the year, is very motivating to me and I am sure to others.
Our motto: "No Cost, No Support and No Sympathy" is far from being true. It is proven over and over again.
The cost is how the trail runners make sure every one is accounted for at the end of a run,
The support is shown by the regulars making sure the newbies are welcomed and offered tips and encouragement
The sympathy is shown when on the rare occasion a runner is injured, there is a concerted effort to help them and offer aid and comfort.
Have a safe and happy holiday.... and hope to see you on the trails.
Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.
Monday, October 31, 2016
As usual the turn out for anything that includes liquor and chocolate, they come out of the wood work.
Thanks to all of the Soiled Sport Trail Running group for making our Saturday mornings an event to get our asses out of bed.
As of now, we will run Medway Trail for the winter months, and kick off the 2017 trail running season in March.
Monday, October 3, 2016
The Turkey Trot
A London Pacer tradition that keeps on growing that has a 2K Cross Country that attracts hundreds of young runners as well as their parents.
Followed by a very competitive 6K All Age Cross Country Race.
Monday October 10th - Thanksgiving Morning
Registration starts at 8:30 am
The 2K race is only $5.00 per person
The 6K race is only $6.00 per person
Arrive early to register as the turnout last year had over 500 runners
Race Start Times:
2K: 10:00 am
6K: 10:30 am
For more details go to London Pacers Web Site
Monday, September 19, 2016
Another one bites the dust at Meadowlilly!
It seems that Meadowlilly Trail is not only beautiful and challenging but it is a bone crusher too.
As you can see, Terry is being nursed by Barb after a miss step on the trail and broke a bone in his foot.
He was accompanied by a couple of fellow trail runners to St. Joe's emergency department and I am sure they were greeted warmly with their muddy shoes and rain soaked running attire.
We seemed to stray away from a couple key points in our motto:
- No Charge
- No Support
- No Sympathy
We here at Soiled Sport head office will let it pass this time but from here on in you better shape up!
Terry, there is no refund on your Vulture Bait entry, so you better learn to run in a cast.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Lani Running the Marathon in Rio
Thanks to all of you who have taken a couple minutes out of your day to write to Parks Ontario (aka Parking Lot Ontario)
This is a letter to Ms.Card from Lani's mom and fellow Soiled Sport trail runner, Mary Lou.
I have lived in London, Ontario since 1989, having moved here from Windsor, On.
As you know, or if you are not aware... Windsor is flat.
One of the most beautiful things about London, are the trails and forests.
I have run in Komoka trails since I moved here, as well as my children, and other family and friends.
My daughter Lanni Marchant would use Komoka to train for cross country and track and field.
She just raced the 10k and , the Marathon at the Rio Olympics , representing Canada and London, Ontario proudly. 🇨🇦
Now you have basically closed the park. Parking fees? Really?
Not sure who this helps, certainly not the public .
I raised 7 children on my own, in London, without child support. They have all become incredible athletes , my oldest was on the National Team with Skate Canada in singles and pairs. My second youngest graduated last year In a Masters Program at University of Detroit Mercy, on a full scholarship in track and field.
And then now Lanni, an Olympian.
They all ran in the Komoka trails.
I'm glad to have enjoyed the trail before you did this. I can't afford to run there now. Now I have 5 grandchildren who will not be able to enjoy the park and trails.
What will other families do?
This is sad beyond words.
You should reconsider this decision .
Mary Lou M.